The Rise and Fall of Forest City: A Ghost Town in Malaysia
Forest City, a Chinese-built mega-project in Johor, Malaysia, was once envisioned as a bustling metropolis housing nearly one million people. However, it now stands as a barren reminder of the effects of China’s property crisis, with only 15% of the project built and just over 1% occupied.
Nazmi Hanafiah, a former resident, described the experience of living in Forest City as “creepy” and “lonely”. The isolated location, far from the nearest major city, has earned it the local nickname “Ghost City”. The deserted beach, abandoned playground, and empty shopping mall contribute to the eerie atmosphere of the place.
Despite facing significant debts, the property developer Country Garden remains “optimistic” that the full plan will be completed. However, the reality of Forest City paints a stark contrast to the dream paradise it was marketed as. The area’s duty-free status may be the only draw for visitors, as the majority of the development remains unoccupied.
As we delve into the story of Forest City, we explore the environmental impact of such abandoned developments and the implications for sustainable urban planning. Stay tuned for our in-depth coverage of this hauntingly deserted city.